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James Randi: Psychic Investigator Paperback – 30 Jun 1991

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (30 Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852831448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852831448
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is based around a TV series James Randi did looking at different claims of psychic powers. Whether you believe in such stuff or not this shows how simple testing can be revealing.
As humans our minds need to cope with a lot of information and the strategies it uses to try and make sense of the world around us are what leads us to think certain things are true. Randi looks to see how valid the psychic claims are and they tend to be found wanting.
It's a smallish book with some illustrations. It's not the best book in the world but as a study of psychics it give an honest account of how well they did under test conditions. The conditions of the tests are gone over by those under scrutiny and agreed by both parties as ithe book describes. If you want ot find out the results you better buy the book.
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If you enjoy James Randi and what he does (as I do) you'll be bound to get some laughs out of this 1991 publication.

The wonderful sceptic recounts his experiences of working on and presenting the `James Randi: Psychic Investigator' six part TV series of the same year.

If you didn't catch the programmes way back then, you'll be able to review the highlights and lowlights of the show that challenged 'the gifted' to demonstrate their 'skills' in this snappy little volume.

The irrepressible `JR' invited dowsers, fortune-tellers, healers, astrologers, mediums and other quacks to submit their uncanny abilities to scientific testing.
Some came, many didn't and quite a few cried-off at the last-minute when they felt that the studio atmosphere wasn't conducive to their particular brand of supernaturalism.

Randi writes with the same wit that he effortlessly exudes in the flesh. The man is a delight and so is this book.

Barry
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It could have been a bit longer hence the 4/5 but the book is worth the money simply for the anecdote about a mystic's visit to the offices of the psychic society and I won't spoil it by saying any more. I'm old enough to remember the Granada series for this and that was enjoyable at the time but I suspect that James Randi has gained critics because by exposing these phoneys he spoils the entertainment of the gullible. Despite no evidence at all to back up these stupid claims, people seem to want to believe in the dross.
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